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ADB appoints new country director for Afghanistan

ADB appoints new country director for Afghanistan

Aug 10, 2017 - 14:33

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Samuel Tumiwa as new country director for Afghanistaninfo-icon, the Manila-based financial institution said on Thursday.

In a statement, Sean O’Sullivan, director general for Central and West Asia department at ADB, said he was very pleased announcing Tumiwa as new country director.

Tumiwa would lead ADB operations in Afghanistan and oversee the implementation of the bank’s Country Partnership Strategy, aimed to help Afghanistan achieve sustained and inclusive growth through infrastructure development, capacity and institutional development.

“The ADB has a long-term, close development partnership with Afghanistan,” said Tumiwa. “My priority is to work closely with the government of Afghanistan to deepen our partnership and help ADB’s resident mission provide innovative support to help the country reduce poverty and improve livelihoods.”

An Indonesian national, Tumiwa joined ADB in 2001 and has since held numerous leadership positions. Prior to the latest appointment, he served as principal energy specialist in the Central and West Asia Department, where he led the design and implementation of solar power development projects in Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon.

From 2011 to 2016, Tumiwa was the deputy representative of ADB’s North America Representative Office in Washington, DC.  He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Ohio University in the United States.

Tumiwa replaces Thomas Panella, who served in Afghanistan since 2014, and who has now returned to the ADB Headquarters in the Philippines.  Afghanistan is a founding member of ADB, and, to date, it has received over $4.7 billion in grants and loans.




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